Author: MNRD

A Photographer and Photography Instructor based in the Greater Toronto Area.

A Few from the Zoo

I went to the zoo for an afternoon last week with a friend and managed to snap off a few “keepers” despite the oppressive heat. It was actually hotter outside than it was in the usually super-humid indoor exhibits…

Groucho re-incarnate!

Groucho re-incarnate!

King of the Castle

King of the Castle

Crooked Stare

Crooked Stare

...My eye on you...

…My eye on you…






Lizard’s head, Frog’s body

Smooth Criminal

Smooth Criminal


Jess & Matt – Ready to Pop!

We received an emergency call last week… Jess was a day away from her due date, and she and Matt had been so busy with all the preparation, that they had completely forgotten to book a pregnancy session. Luck would have it that we didn’t have anything scheduled, so we packed up our gear and raced to Lynde Shores Conservation Area for an impromptu shoot and to take advantage of the beautiful golden hour light…

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eSession – Anita & John

We spent a beautiful (albeit hot) afternoon at Cruickshank park in Toronto with Anita & John (and Hanna, too!). We hadn’t been there before, but had heard rumours of a path draped with massive weeping willows, so we decided to take a gamble… We think it paid off…

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Fun Pregnancy Announcement Photos

Here’s a little story (with some photos to follow, because, well, this is a photography blog ;)… For 15 years, my wife and I have tried to have kids. Early on, we did all sorts of fertility treatments, but the result was always the same. Negative. And with no explanation. We were simply part of a small percentage that Dr’s were baffled by. After some time, we reluctantly accepted that it wasn’t going to happen, but didn’t take any “precautions” either. Figuring that if it was going to happen, it would happen. Years went by without a single hint of conception and our attention slowly shifted towards the benefits of living as DINKS (Dual Income, No KidS). Renovation plans, Vacation plans, toys for the big kids… Planning for a future that mainly revolved around the two of us.

By now, I’m pretty sure you can see where this story is headed… While we were busy racing towards our forties, and the idea of becoming parents all but a distant, diminishing thought, the universe was busy making sure that we were still (and always) on our toes…

It happened! Shit just got realer than real!

Now, having to keep this news quiet for a couple months was one of the toughest parts, so we decided to focus our attention on coming up with creative, customized photos for our families to announce this shocking news. Below are those photos…

Because this WAS our plan for future vacations...

Because this WAS our plan for future vacations…

Because two doors just ain't gonna cut it anymore...

Because two doors just ain’t gonna cut it anymore…

Because the Grand-dog was as close as our parents thought they would get...

Because the Grand-dog was as close as our parents thought they would get…

Because Saturday nights have always been about the bleu, blanc et rouge...

Because Saturday nights have always been about the bleu, blanc et rouge…


A Different Perspective…

…Is the simplest way to better pictures. Plain and simple.

Most images are taken from eye level (booooring). It is what we see on a daily basis. So I ask you this: When was the last time you saw someone crawling around on the ground and, when you inquired (quite concernedly, I would assume) as to what they were doing, they simply replied “I just wanted to see what it looked like from down here.” NEVER! So be that person. Look at the world in ways most people can’t or don’t. Just make sure you have a camera in your hand so you don’t look too crazy.

Spring has sprung-3

Although better than a typical angle, this shot has been done time and time again.

Spring has sprung-2

Instead, get down and shoot up to the

Spring Has Sprung

subject to create something different

Old MTL – In the Dark

PT.2 – Some night and interior images from a recent photo excursion to Montreal. Fuji X20 technical note for those who care about that stuff: When I first brought the RAW files from the Fuji X20 into Lightroom, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the noise in images at or above ISO 400. However, once I reduced the colour noise, the luminance noise that remained spoke volumes to the detail that Fuji has been putting into their sensors/cameras. Especially once converted to Black & White, this is the closest thing I’ve seen to traditional film grain come out of a digital camera. So much so, that I will use higher ISOs on this camera for creative purposes. It’s that good.

Place D’Armes

Bank of Montreal


Statue in the Square




Ominous Entrance


Cobblestone Alley


Notre Dame Basilica – Exterior


Notre Dame Basilica – Interior


Candles and Crosses – Notre Dame Basilica


Heavenly Light – Notre Dame Basilica


Light & Symmetry – Notre Dame Basilica


From the Cheap Seats – Notre Dame Basilica


Flickering Prayers – Notre Dame Basilica


Gospel from Above – Notre Dame Basilica


Grandiose – Notre Dame Basilica